Calling all young writers, playwrights and poets! While I’ve been gallivanting around the UK, these past few weeks, heaps of regular and new young writers’ competitions and opportunities have opened up. Some are closing soon. So flex those writing muscles and get your entries in fast. (Only if they’ve been buffed and polished … Read More


It’s that time of year  to flex your writing muscles and get your entries in to the fantastic number of competitions and exciting opportunities open to young writers right now. You’ll find further details and some cool new resources on my Young Writers’ Resources page, such as writing residencies, including: three great KSP places in WA, the … Read More


A lovely shot of encouragement for me this week with one of my novel manuscripts being long-listed in a major UK children’s writing competition. I’m a great believer in celebrating each and every writing milestone. Even the smaller stepping stones. They give me, firstly, delight that a forward shift is … Read More


Checking around the internet last week, I found heaps of new, exciting opportunities open to young writers and poets and some cool new resources. I’ve updated my Young Writers’ Resources page, including news of three great KSP writing residencies; the John Marsden Writing Prize details; the National Young Writers Festival … Read More

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